Muguna said to be joining Tirana

Gor Mahia midfielder is set to join Ze Maria at Albanian side KF Tirana
Story courtesy of the Nation
The 2016 SportPesa Premier League (SPL) Most Valuable Player Kenneth Muguna is set to join Albanian giants KF Tirana.

Nation Sport understands that Tirana has reached an agreement with SPL champions Gor Mahia to release the player for a record transfer fee and a percentage on his future sell.

“He is highly unlikely to be part of the team next year. His deal to Tirana is at an advanced stage, in about a week’s time it will be through,” said an official from Gor who sought anonymity.

Tirana Chief Executive Officer Hector Como has been in the country the past two weeks in an attempt to finalise the move which will see the player sign a four-year contract.

“We actually wanted to sign him in August so that we can start the season with him but it didn’t go through. I am quite confident we will have him next month and his work is cut out to immediately fit into the team ahead of the second leg,

“I am hopeful that he can bring creativity in our midfield under his former coach Ze Maria. Our target is to play in the top-flight next season and also retain the FA Cup so that we can play in Europa league,” said Como.

Muguna boasts of a two-year experience in the SPL, where he has fast carved a reputation as a classy attacking midfielder, with wonderful ball skills.

His three goals and nine assists aided the club to their unprecedented 16th silverware.

“I believe I served the team diligently most importantly reclaiming the title. Any player would not want to turn down a new challenge in Europe. Hopefully it will be 100 percent completed soon,” Muguna, who is capped twice for Kenya, said.

The former Palos midfielder will become the sixth star to leave the club after a season following in the footsteps of Erick ‘Marcelo’ Ouma (2016), Michael Olunga (2015), David ‘Calabar’ Owino (2014), and Geoffrey ‘Baba’ Kizito (2013) among others.

Tirana already has Ugandan duo of midfielder Tony Mawejje and striker Yunus Sentamu at the club handled by former Gor coach Jose Marcelo Ferreira.

They top the country’s second tier standings with 22 points from nine games. Kenyans James Situma, Moses Arita and Francis Kahata have formerly featured for the side before.


19 thoughts on “Muguna said to be joining Tirana

  1. Record transfer fee in Kenya’s football currently is kes.24 million through Sofapaka’s transfer of Fiston Razak to a South African club. EC should be transparent about this “record transfer fee” by the “usually cash strapped” FK Tirana. It should not only finance an good replacement for Muguna (scout for one patiently even in the CECAFA & Mapinduzi tournaments) but also very effective preseason preps in readiness for CAF 2018. Hope the record fee won’t be swallowed “like apoth” by “THE HUGE DEBTS!”. Secondly FK Tirana must pay GMFC upfront so that we can also clear any pending payments/bonuses to players/ TB, training ground fees etc etc that plagued us in the 2017 season.

  2. If they cannot sign the ivorian then a perfect signing could be the Zanzibari deep lying midfielder no. 21. I dont know his name but those in Machakos yesterday would tell you he completely outmuscled, outplayed, outginene and outgimoro amora the Kenya midfield 3. Those who havent watched him wait for the next time Zanzibar plays then look out for jersey 21…

      1. He was better than Dunco, Omotto and Isuza combined. Secondly Duncan is good to but I dont it will be ewsy to get him ditch Ingwe for Gor!!

        1. Wouldn’t be particularly hard signing duncan snc he knows better salary and trophies plus fame awaits him in kogalo.Just that he falls in the ‘overlooked’ players category that no matter how good gor has never been interested in signing.That list also includes Mieno Humphrey,Robinson Kamura,Joackins Atudo,Clifton Miheso,Bernard Mang’oli all whom at one point showed great interest publicly in donning the kogalo jersey but club was not particularly interested in acquiring their signatures

  3. How much is record singing fee amount to…Tell us the figires coz we know opaqueness is the order of the day in kogalo cash dealings…Bring guikan already what is the delay about

  4. record transfer fee is purpoted to be USD 50,000.00 from my usual reliable sources. though i doubt if miguna will sign based on the past relationship between tirana and kogallo players – remember both kahata and meddie kagere (ex tirana players ) have still not been paid to date i.e they played for the club for free.

    1. I think he likes Ze Maria as a mentor and will go snc he will be assured personally by the coach himself of being paid.What is of Guikan bwana Jakoyo ask your sources if we are oncourse to sign him

  5. @musymo the Zanzibari midfield dinamo must be Feisal (cant remember the 1st name) he was awarded MOTM vs Harambee Stars very good player and also young. I noticed him against Tanzania straight away you can tell of his quality not sure where he plays but i think Azam so wont be easy signing him. Moving on to Muguna his replacement must be a quality signing someone who joins and hits the ground running our recent history with that position has to be maintained if not bettered. Pablo Njuguna>Baba Kizito>Aucho>Muguna a good trajectory. We have no time for projects in that position.

    I have my reservations for KF Tirana and when the writer is talking about “record transfer fee” i wonder what he means. According to my info that i heard a while ago Tirana were ready to pay ksh 5 million, to me this is a joke but expecting like 25m seems a wild dream.

  6. As much as we liked Muguna for his progress both personally and on the football side let’s wish him the best. We even had Olunga and he left and we are still soldiering on.
    One thing I know about our EC/TB is that they are the best locally when it comes to identifying and recruiting the talent required at Gor. I can assure you that they will get it right as usual. But that does not mean that all the recruits will prosper. The world over some don’t make it in some clubs

    1. Dan Original, with all due respect, Mighty K’Ogalo is beyond “local sheningans”, we’ve had our heads stuck in the local football scene for too long that for some it enough if we manage one local title per season. We need to move to the next level and reclaim our previous glories at the continental / regional levels, i.e at least CAF group stages.

  7. @jasego, shockingly guikan has not been signed.

    Apparently he was invited just to have a feel of the club and requested to come back in January for pre-season trials subsequent to which the club shall consider signing him………..remember kogallo recruitment is typically funded by sportpesa contract, so .i think all recruitment will be done and completed in january.

    sad, but we are at the mercy of sponsors which begs the question, is sportpesa still sponsoring the club next year ? any news from anyone…..

  8. While at it. Pls remember to respect the foreign quarter ratio. Kagere, Tuyisenge, Nzigiyimana, Walusimbi and Migi currently fills this ratio. One or two must be dropped before we can recruit any foreigner(s) Otherwise we still need Momanyi and Onvuso.


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